Direction of The Maine Economy
According to the June 2004 quarterly Omnibus Poll of 400 individuals by Strategic Marketing Services, less than one-third (31.5 percent) feel that the Maine economy is generally headed in the right direction. Fifty-two percent feel that Maine’s economy is generally headed in the wrong direction and 16.5 percent are unsure.
Overall, there has been an eight-percentage-point drop in the number of respondents who feel that the economy is headed in the wrong direction since the Omnibus Poll of March 2004. However, compared with the January 2003 poll, there has been a 14 percent drop in the number of respondents who feel that the economy is headed in the right direction.
Residents of southern Maine (39.1 percent) were more likely than residents of northern/Down East (27.2 percent) or central/western (26.2 percent) Maine to say that the state’s economy is headed in the right direction.
When asked to name the single most important issue facing the state of Maine today, nearly one-third (31.8 percent) responded “jobs/employment and the economy.” A total of 24.3 percent named taxes (14 percent saying “taxes” and 10.3 percent saying “property taxes”).